Robert Scardino, Author

I'm a writer stuck in an engineer's brain with a debilitating case of autoholism. While studying at the University of Illinois I discovered my passion for writing with a weekly sports column in a local newspaper. I've been writing ever since. When I moved out of my parents' house, I got married, rescued a beagle, and realized that environmental responsibility is a requirement, not a choice. I became obsessed with energy conservation to the annoyance of my wife, who raised an eyebrow when I suggested we use solar chargers for our portable electronics. I'm not ashamed to admit that my stash of earth friendly, biodegradable cleaners stems from an Oprah episode. I am embarrassed, however, that my steamiest dream lately involved a plug-in hybrid Toyota FJ Cruiser with go-anywhere attitude, room for my furry friends and a combined rating of 50 miles per gallon. Imagine my disappointment when I awoke and realized that this vehicle doesn't exist yet.


Rumormill: Electric Volvo C30 In The Works

Rumormill: Electric Volvo C30 In The Works

In July we informed you of Volvo's plans to collaborate with lithium-ion battery maker, Ener1, to test plug-in hybrid versions of the V70 wagon. Today, the New York Times is reporting that the V70s may not be the only EV on Volvo's drawing board. According to a source who spoke on condition of...

August 6, 2009
Zero DS Motorcycle

VIDEO: Zero Motorcycles Launches Dual Sport Electric Bike

Zero Motorcycles has unveiled their new "dual sport" bike designed to take on dirt trails and smooth pavement. Marketed as a zero-emissions motorcycle that can go anywhere... read more July 30, 2009

Exclusive Zeus Honda Insight

Honda Insight Gets Low

The Japanese tuners at "Exclusive Zeus" may have unlocked some hidden potential in the Honda Insight. Just when you thought the new Toyota Prius had delivered the knockout... read more July 30, 2009

BMW X6 Hybrid

Hybrid Sighting: BMW X6

If there was an award for the "Most Badass Hybrid Debut In 2010," the new BMW X6 ActiveHybrid would win. BMW won't call it a sport utility vehicle, and for good reason... read more July 28, 2009

Prius Insight

Prius Earns Four Stars in Motor Trend's 2010-2011 New Cars Edition

Though not quite as premature as Christmas decorations in stores on Labor Day, Motor Trend's September 2009 issue hit the shelves just in time for August. The new edition... read more July 27, 2009

Element Charging Station

Element Lexington Hotel To Offer Charging Stations

If your vehicle requires a plug and you find yourself near Boston, you might consider staying at the Element Lexington hotel. The hotel's parent company, Starwood, has... read more July 27, 2009

2009 Fisker Plug-In Hybrid

Fisker Karma To Take Laps At Monterey Historic Automobile Races

It's one thing to put a car on display. Fisker has been there and done that. Now, they'll put their prototype to the test on the racetrack. As part of the Rolex Monterey... read more July 23, 2009


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